Why do we need passive fire protection?
Urbanisation and climate change have posed new challenges to the modern way of living. Buildings are built higher, in closer proximity to each other and sometimes construction moves at a swift pace.
Hazards such as fire risk can be increased as a consequence. This could be caused by:
- A failure in installation of a fire barrier, designed to stop flames spreading internally.
- The use of combustible materials during the construction stage.
- Closely located buildings that facilitate the spread of fire from a building to another.
As for renovation projects, the same consideration should be made, especially with the Energy Performance Building Directives (EPBD) now demanding constructors to consider fire safety when renovating buildings.2
When building and renovating, protecting people’s lives in the event of a fire is a vital consideration.